March 4, 2019

Great Britain Women forward Kim Lane says the squad are better prepared than ever for next month’s World Championship in Dumfries.

GB continued their preparations the Division II Group A tournament at the Dumfries Ice Bowl with a game against Whitley Bay in the EIHA Under-20 Cup in Sheffield.

Lizzie Saunders and Isabell Whiteley scored GB’s goals in a hard-fought 5-2 defeat at Ice Sheffield.

After representing GB Women at under-18 level, Lane made her first full World Championship appearance in 2015 and has been an ever-present ever since.

The 21-year-old, who captained the side against Whitley Bay said: “Games like these are very important to us and are excellent preparation.

“To get so much match practice ahead of the World Championship I think is really useful.

“It is good to get together as a squad and work on systems – and the coaches can see the roster in a game situation.

“We took a lot out of the game today and it was another important step on the road to Dumfries.”

GB will host the six-team IIHF World Championship tournament on home ice at the Dumfries Ice Bowl from 2nd to 8th April.

Britain will come up against Australia, DPR Korea, Mexico, Slovenia and Spain, with the group winners being promoted to Division I.

Words and picture: Ice Hockey UK